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Perez to test a Ferrari this year

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Chris Jenkins, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. Chris Jenkins

    Chris Jenkins
    Driving til the wheels fall off

    From Autosport:

    Mexican Sergio Perez will test a Ferrari
    Formula 1 car later this year, the Maranello squad has revealed.

    Perez, making his Formula 1 debut this season with Sauber, is part of Ferrari's driving academy.
    The rookie will test Ferrari's 2009 Formula 1 car at Mugello or Fiorano in September, when he will be joined by GP2 driver Jules Bianchi, also part of Ferrari's academy.
    "It will be a very interesting test, because we will be putting Jules Bianchi and Sergio Perez up against one another," said FDA director Luca Baldisserri
    "I think they will both be very motivated and for us it will be the perfect opportunity to assess both drivers."
  2. Pieter Theron

    Pieter Theron
    Premium Member

    I think Perez will become hot property not very far from now. You can be the most talented driver in the field but if you don't get the opportunity to drive for a fast team...well then you are nothing in the sceheme of things...
  3. "Ok Sergio, so Fernando is faster than you. Can you confirm you understood that message?":zip:
  4. Except that team orders are no longer illegal so those coded messages won't be needed.

    By having a clear number 1 and number 2, Ferrari have the difficult task of finding someone who's quick but not too quick. How's that going to look on a driver's CV? "Drove for Ferrari because I was fairly good."
  5. Or apparently someone who is young enough to be molded into the kind of driver ferrari want as a #2.
  6. Chris Jenkins

    Chris Jenkins
    Driving til the wheels fall off

    Being a Ferrari number 2 is pretty much a career dead-end. Look where it got Barrachello and where it's getting Massa.

    Next stop: curtain call
  7. Ross Balfour

    Ross Balfour
    #99 | Roaring Pipes Maniacs

    Well said, I feel Perez fits that mold perfectly... unlike Kobayashi, he is not a #2 driver, nor I feel he would be willing to be Ferrari's lapdog.
  8. David O'Reilly

    David O'Reilly
    A bad quali means I can go forwards in the race.

    There have been rare situations where it has been a good career move.
    Eddie Irvine albeit through Schumachers broken leg went close to WDC and on the strength of the possible WDC crown Jaguar (Ford) payed silly money for him to be #1.
    If I recall correctly Irvines party was spolied by a very quick new driver called Mark Webber.
  9. If Sergio keeps moving up as a young talent, I think it's kinda hard to see him a #2 driver, after all he's backed up by the richest man in the world. Mexico has been waiting a long time for an F1 hero, so if the kid lives up to the hype and talent, his backers will make sure he gets his chance at a #1 spot.
  10. the only chance he would get at being no 1 at ferrari is that he beats alonso early on in the season or they are just gonna forget about him and focus on alonso
  11. Chris Jenkins

    Chris Jenkins
    Driving til the wheels fall off

    No chance! He starts beating Alonso, Alonso throws his toys out of the pram and Perez is shipped to another team as a number 1 driver the following season.

    Ferrari pander to Alonso too much for Perez to make a bigger impact in the long-run.
  12. Well if Perez ends up just as good, one would ponder if they will move Alonso out, afterall Perez Would be in a similar positon to Hamilton where he was raised by the team that put him there, giving him a emotionail favouritism for the driver.

    Either way i can't see perez there for atleast another season he still needs plenty of development imo.